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Petition for snow days at B.C. schools hits 16,000 signatures

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An online petition that was started nearly a year ago appealing to B.C.’s school districts for a snow days has been brought back into the spotlight with the recent heavy snowfall and cold weather across the province.

The petition was started by the Canadian Youth Society, a youth led non-profit group, 11 months ago.

READ MORE: So when do schools call it a snow day?

“Due to an unexpected amount of snowfall, transportation will be an issue for students as walking and driving would be unsafe and difficult in the deep snow,” the post on the petition reads.

The petition has a goal of 25,000 signatures with more than 16,000 collected so far.

In the Thompson-Okanagan, snow days are rare. In the Central Okanagan School District a snow day has only been declared twice in the last 30 years.

In the Kamloops-Thompson School District, the only time all schools were closed due to the weather was for a single day in 2015.


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